Colleges in California

Colleges in California

California is 163,696 square miles and contains the largest higher education system in the nation. Colleges in California include notable institutions such as Stanford University, CalTech, and UCLA. The Golden State is known for birthing the American film industry as well as the Internet, and its economy centers around professional and business services, educational and health services, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality. California has a largely mediterranean climate, but can range from polar to subtropical depending on region. The Golden Gate Bridge, Palm Springs, Yosemite National Park, and Universal Studios Hollywood are primary tourist spots. Lesser known hot spots in Cali include Victorville’s California Route 66 Museum, the Redwoods in Arcata, and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Preserve.
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University of California-Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, is one of 10 campuses in the UC system. With 109 academic departments and more than 125 majors offered, as well as an average of one billion dollars funded for research every year and...

“…ucla has a great student atmosphere: it includes great school spirit, rich history, excellent academics and research programs, and a well-rounded student body. it is also situated in west la, which is a great environment in itself to explore social...” – Kevin

Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

“…by far the most diverse, relaxed campus full of happy, friendly students of all ages. clean, green and exuding student pride everywhere you go. the best choice anyone could ever make!” – Dahlton from Jackson, CA

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student...

“…The environment is incredibly welcoming and you'll always find a place to fit in. It's definitely challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Personally, I adore it.” – Whitney from Berkeley, CA

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Davis

The University of California in Davis is a public institution in northern California and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the UC System. UC Davis is home to four colleges conferring undergraduate degrees and six professional schools....

“…UC Davis is a beautiful campus, with endless opportunities in all areas of interest. There are many research and academic internships, as well as being well-rounded with sport, music, and art opportunities. Every student can find clubs and academic...” – Kaitlyn from San Jose, CA

San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public research institution located in San Diego, California. What began as an all-female college for elementary school teachers now consists of 8 colleges that offer 95 undergraduate programs plus a variety of...

“…sdsu has given me a wide opportunity of expanding my interests in pre veterinary medicine, the honors college, and psychology. the water sports are a great option!” – Jamie from Moorpark, CA

University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

“…UCI is a very quiet school in terms of partying, but there are always activities going on throughout the day that any student can participate in. The school is fantastic in Academics and has many research opportunities. ” – Bi0N3rd

University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

“…i very much love this school. the academics are amazing since the staff is so willing to help students with any problems or questions. the school offers many opportunities for students to go beyond their comfort zones to experience new things as they...” – Marcela from Northridge, CA

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a private research university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. USD offers 42 different bachelor's degrees and 54 minors, in addition to various study abroad programs, and more than half of the student body...

“…this school offers a diverse curriculum. studying abroad is heavily encouraged, and mandatory for multiple majors. the professors want you to succeed, you need only ask!” – Scott from San Diego, CA

Pepperdine University

With a campus overlooking Malibu Bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine University is a 4-year Christian institution in Malibu affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine is home to colleges of Business, Law, Arts & Sciences, Public Policy,...

“…Pepperdine University stretches its student to grow in every aspect. Pepperdine University is like no other place on earth. It is filled with love and support and is a magnificent university.” – Kaitlyn from Scottsdale, AZ

California State University-Fullerton

California State University-Fullerton is a 4-year public research institution in Orange County and a campus of the Cal State system. Cal State Fullerton has the largest student body out of any California State University school and has been...

“…Fullerton is a beautiful campus that is quite small. Everyone at CSUF is very friendly and it is a great environment to be in. ” – Cinthia from Los Angeles, CA

University of San Francisco

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

“…The University of San Francisco is a great place to learn and explore San Francisco at the same time. This University is extremely costly to attend so look at your financial aid first. Also, the dorms are not the best but you only have to spend the...” – Dean from Fernley, NV

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a public university in southern California and one of two polytechnic institutions in the Cal State system. Cal Poly Pomona is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

“…the campus is beautiful and there are so many helpful students and staff (and plus all of the student programs they offer!). there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus through clubs or greek life or even a job on campus. the academics are a...” – Kaitlin from Merced, CA

University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California in Santa Barbara is a leading research institution in the city and state of the same name. UCSB is a member of the Association of American Universities, home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis, as well as an...

“…UCSB is an amazing university located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and is surrounded. UCSB will provide any student with great academics, a healthy social life, ways to get involved and most importantly a degree that you can be proud of. I...” – Katy from Murrieta, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

One of two polytechnics in the CSU System, the California Polytechnic State University, more commonly known as Cal Poly, has a competitive admissions process for its programs, which focus in arts, technology, and sciences. The university is located...

“…Cal Poly is fantastic for education, social life, and extracurricular activities. My classes have always been great with good teachers and interesting coursework. It's also so much fun, from the party scene to opportunities to get involved on campus!” – Zoe from Santa Barbara, CA

University of California-Riverside

The University of California-Riverside is a public institution on 1,200 acres of land in Southern California’s Inland Empire. A part of the UC system, UCR is home to colleges of Humanities, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring undergraduate...

“…university of california riverside is an exceptional higher education institution that dedicates itself to providing quality education. the university is among the most diverse schools in the nation which makes it unique. there are multiple...” – Denise from Riverside, CA

San Jose State University

San Jose State University is the oldest public university on the west coast, and is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. Located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, SJSU offers more than 145 areas of study with an...

“…San Jose State University is a beautiful campus where a person could just sit and hang out with their friends or go downtown where all other students are studying or just talking. SJSU provides a variety of activities including sororities...” – Kaela from Fairfield, CA

University of California-Santa Cruz

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences,...

“…We're nicknames UC Summer Camp, UC Strong Calves, all for a reason. Absolutely beautiful campus, the atmosphere and views are incredible, and even if the you're not too much of a nature freak, the city and the beach are only a 20 minute bus ride away...” – Dana from Carson, CA

San Francisco State University

Originally founded as a teacher training college, San Francisco State University is a 4-year public institution and a Bay Area-based campus of the California State University System. SF State offers bachelor’s degrees in 77 fields of study and...

“…You can tell that (most) teachers really care about their students, and have been doing their best to be there despite all of the drastic budget cuts. It has impacted the availability of services, which is disappointing; but you can see where the...” – Liz from Daly City, CA

California State University-Fresno

California State University-Fresno is a 4-year public school and the second largest university in the Cal State system. Fresno State encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition, Fresno State has been designated...

“…The students, community, tutoring center, and advisors are wonderful although at night time you may need a pepper spray. The food is extremely popular and there's a newly built Robertitos! I am currently a Fresno State worker and the professors I...” – Paula from Fresno, CA

Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, liberal arts institution in Orange, California, that offers 110 areas of study through 11 schools and colleges. Chapman is also home to several independent research centers, as well as creative research centers,...

“…Chapman is filled with opportunities and will help you succeed. Chapman has a place for everyone. It is up to the student to get what they want out of their time at Chapman. ” – Alex from CA

Santa Clara University

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

“…Santa Clara's campus has the same feeling my high school did, one of community, love, passion, and drive. Not only are the students here hard working and actively involved, they love what they do. Being surrounded by people with such passion inspires...” – Amanda from Wilton, CA

Loyola Marymount University

Formed by a merger between Marymount College and Loyola University, Loyola Marymount University is a private school affiliated with the Jesuit religion and one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the West Coast. Spread across 142 acres in...

“…Where can you find a university with a highly regarded reputation for advancing worldwide social justice that has the feel of a united and intimate small community? Loyola Marymount University (LMU) stands out among universities for the activism and...” – Michelle from Playa Vista, CA

Occidental College

Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1887, Occidental College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Los Angeles and one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast. Also known as “Oxy,” the college confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 majors and...

“…Oxy is a close community of students who are academically driven, but enjoy spending time with their friends in the sun. The weather is great, the people are even better, and you'll find classes and professors here that speak to you. You'll be...” – Emma from Shoreline, WA

University of California-Merced

Founded in 2005, the University of California-Merced is a 4-year public research institution in northern California and the first American research university opened in the 21st century. UC Merced is home to colleges of Social Sciences, Engineering,...

“…This school is looked down upon for being so new to the UC System. It is a great school thriving. All the current students are pioneers of something big. UC Merced is expanding and will eventually highly prestigious. It gives the students who were at...” – Israel from Modesto, CA

California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

“…CSULB is a great university that offers an abundance of majors. Not only does it provide a great educational experience, but also opportunities to get involved in social organizations. The students are diverse and friendly. ” – Ash from Covina, CA

University of Redlands

Originally founded by the American Baptist Convention, the University of Redlands is an independent 4-year private institution in inland southern California. Redlands confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic programs of study. Additionally, the...

“…Attending the University of Redlands was the best choice I could have ever made. Here, I can pursue all my interests, build a community of friends, and dare to be different. That Good Ol' U of R is the absolute best and I could not be more happy and...” – Ashley from Redlands, CA

Pomona College

Founded by Congregationalists in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts school in the Los Angeles area and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. Pomona confers bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors in the arts, social sciences,...

“…Weather is great! Really enjoying Pomona so far but its definitely some hard work. Work hard play hard i guess.” – Liv from out of state

Azusa Pacific University

Founded as the first west coast Bible college, Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian institution in southern California based on the Wesleyan holiness tradition. APU is home to 10 academic schools and colleges and the Azusa Pacific...

“…apu has a great, friendly atmosphere. the campus is well maintained. they want you to succeed in college. ” – Krista from Concord, CA

Biola University

Founded in 1908, Biola University is an Evangelical Christian University in the Los Angeles metro area with a focus on Bible-centered education. Biola offers over 150 academic majors and programs and every student is required to complete 30 credits...

“…I could not imagine a school any better than Biola! From caring, dedicated, and brilliant teachers to solid education and a healthy community, Biola has the best academics and atmosphere of any institution I know. Students and teachers share a...” – Cassie from Bothell, WA

University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is the oldest, private university in California and has admissions that are more selective. The main campus is located in Stockton, and the university operates two satellite campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco,...

“…university of the pacific is a top tier education school relating to sciences in particular. it is an academically challenging school and provides a lot of student support for every student there. it also is a very close community and small campus.” – long from sacramento, ca

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research...

“…beautiful from pictures and i am sure in real life. difficult to get into, but if you put your mind to it, you'll strive for the best.” – abbey, from nyc

Whittier College

Whittier College is a private, hispanic-serving institution is located in Whittier, CA, with a mission to "prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society." The liberal arts curriculum framework is centered around the...

“…Most comforting home anyone could ask for. Small town feel with all the amenities of a big city. a one of a kind experience. ” – Caitlyn from Whittier, CA

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is a public school in California’s wine country and one of the smallest campuses in the California State University system. Sonoma State grants bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic programs including the only Wine Business...

“…Where many California State universities are large commuter school, Sonoma State provides a more intimate setting. Class sizes are small to average which allows for better teacher-student interaction and there are plenty of clubs and activities to...” – Andrea from Folsom, CA

California State University-San Bernardino

With a campus nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, California State University-San Bernardino is a 4-year public institution and part of the Cal State system. An Hispanic-serving institution, Cal State San Bernardino is home to...

“…California State University of San Bernardino was an excellent choice for me. I went there for 5 years and even got to explore another campus while still being a CSUSB student with their National Student Exchange program. The professors there are...” – Corri from Provo, UT

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also...

“…Very involved in social justice, nice and interesting people to interact with. Professors are easy to talk and meet with, willing to sit and talk at your convenience. Beautiful campus to walk around in, surrounding city as well.” – Freshman from SoCal

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit college of art and design in San Francisco and the largest private school dedicated to training artists in the United States. AAU confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in 22 artistic fields of study...

California State University-Northridge

California State University-Northridge is a public university in Los Angeles and one of the largest single-campus universities in the nation. CSU Northridge encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring 68 bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, CSUN...

“…Cal State Northridge has a wide variety of clubs for students to be able participate. Their app is just amazing and I loved it! I really just enjoy the fact that they offer a wide variety of majors and students are able to decide from many great...” – anon

University of La Verne

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private school in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. La Verne encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Law awarding undergrad degrees in...

“…If you are looking for a peaceful and quiet college then this school is for you. The professors are very nice and understanding. I am always able to get the classes that I am looking for. ” – Kyle from Baldwin Park, CA

Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern California and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer offers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors including the first Secular Studies program in the nation. To provide a...

“…Pitzer allows for a great opportunity to be a part of the consortium of 5 colleges. Pitzer focuses on interdisciplinary courses. Pitzer has a great ratio of students to teachers. ” – Larry from Los Angeles, CA

California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conventions. The 160-acre campus in Riverside, CA, features 10 schools and colleges that offer 76 bachelor’s degrees with Christ-centered...

“…i love how the general education courses are intergrated into the engineering department. the school helps you adjust to your new surrounding. the support with your classes is amazing.” – Richard from Corona, CA

Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

“…Who wouldn't love a nice campus, in a great location, with great teachers, green buildings and students from all over the world ? I love SMC and would recommend it to anyone who wants to attend a community college. No, it is not perfect but no school...” – Caroline from Santa Monica, CA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. CMC confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and students can also cross register to take classes in the other...

“…Welcome to a school where everyone there truly wants to be your best friend. Filled with dedicated and courageous undergraduate students, Claremont McKenna is not only a place of top-notch academics, but a haven of fun and adventure. With a student...” – Mia from Carmel, IN

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts institution in the greater Los Angeles area specializing in science, engineering and math. Harvey Mudd is home to seven STEM-related departments, six academic majors, and four joint majors. Furthermore, Harvey...

“…A small, cozy place where everyone follows the Honor Code which definitely made life so much better. Professors are super-nice and they really mean what they say and take you seriously. Best dining hall and dorms among 5C.” – Xi from China

Scripps College

Named for a newspaper publisher, Scripps College is an all-female liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors and the college features a...

“…At Scripps, we live and learn in a tight-knit community where we share our experiences and make meaningful connections with others. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by not only independent and self-motivated students at Scripps, but also other...” – Current Student

University of California-San Francisco

The University of California-San Francisco is a health science research institution and part of the Cal system. UCSF is home to schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. To provide a hands-on education, the university utilizes facilities...

“…At USF there are excellent professors that are always willing to take time out of their schedules to help the students that ask for it. Living on campus if really nice, everything is at your fingertips. The faculty and staff at USF are very...” – Jennea from Newark, CA

Fresno City College is a two-year community college with an open admissions policy. The college is based in Fresno, California, and confers associate degrees and certificates. FCC provides the option for 25 month-programs that come with guaranteed...

“…In three sentences, Fresno City College cannot be described, but it is worth attending if, like me, you need a quality education on a budget. The teachers that I have been able to work with, with one exception, all want the best for their students,...” – Samantha from Fresno, CA

Fullerton College

Founded in 1913, Fullerton College is a 2-year community college in Orange County and the oldest community college in California. Fullerton awards associate degrees in 122 areas of study and is also home to over 100 certificate-granting programs. For...

“…Fullerton College is a beautiful campus, small and full of history. They are committed to student success. The professors and education are high quality. ” – Rebekah from Irvine, CA

California State University-Stanislaus is a designated Hispanic-serving institution in Turlock, CA, and part of the California State University system. It is the only campus to offer a bachelor’s degree in cognitive studies in the CSU system and...

“…Great small university, to get the education of a university but benefit from small classes. Reasonably affordable with beautiful campus. This university contains great free resources, like tutoring center which many others do not.” – Lucero Ambriz from Stockton, CA

Bakersfield College is a public community college with an open admissions policy. The institution houses the William M. Thomas Planetarium, a 36-foot dome with a Chronos star projector,  and the Levan Center, which focuses on research that promotes...

“…The campus is wonderfully clean and easy to navigate. Counselors and teachers are always willing to help! Specifically, the writing center is absolutely incredible.” – Michael from Bakersfield, CA

Westmont College
Santa Barbara, CA
Westmont College

Nestled in the Santa Barbara foothills, Westmont College is a Christian liberal arts college in southern California. Westmont confers bachelor’s degrees in 26 fields of study and is also home to 11 pre-professional academic programs. As a Christian...

“…westmont is a tight-knit community. it's challenging, stretching, thought-provoking. this college is my second home.” – Emmalee from Brea, CA

Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. LBCC consists of two locations: The Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus. A member of the California Community Colleges, LBCC is home to 11 academic...

“…Long Beach City College is a very adverse community of higher learning. Students, for the most part, have little respect for their professors; the reason being, they are not truly attending PCC for the education. It's about the $$$$, like everything...” – Braham from Long Beach, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

“…PLNU has an comforting community. The classes are small and teachers are great. PLNU has many resources that help you succeed in school.” – Megan from San Diego, CA

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

“…If you want a challenging college experience, academically, this is the place. But even when it's challenging, you really learn how to manage your time between school and social life. The only reason people would dislike this school is because they...” – Jamila from West Covina, CA

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College is a 2-year community college based in Pasadena, California. It operates four satellite campuses, the Northwest campus, Rosemead campus, Foothill campus, and a Child Development Center. PCC has an open admissions policy and a...

“…Great place to transfer to schools in Southern Calfornia! Teachers are top notch and devoted to helping. Science and math classes are hardcore and hard to get into.” – acanerd

National University

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

“…National University is challenging. It has awesome faculty. Assistance is always available for students.” – Erica from APO, AE

California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts is a private university that offers degree programs in visual and performing arts. CalArts offers degrees in more than 70 degree-granting programs in Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, with all undergraduate...

“…As an artist, you dream of going to a place where like minded individuals share your colorful visions- and CalARTS brings students like this together. The landscape is enriching and the talent is infinite. The school is small but the opportunities...” – NS from Los Angeles, CA

Cerritos College

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the five largest community colleges in LA County. Cerritos is home to 87 associate degree and certificate-granting programs in over 180...

“…I started going here Aug.20th, this school is one of the top highest schools. I rate this school top 10 on a scale 1-10 because the teachers are well rounded and help in anyway possible. I find it really fascinating, how the staff work together to...” – AhShunae from Los Angeles, CA

American River College

Founded as a training center for civilian soldiers in World War II, American River College is a 2-year community college in California’s state capital of Sacramento. ARC confers associate degrees and certificates in over 80 academic fields of study....

“…American River College is a diverse place of higher learning and networking. Faculty strive for you to succeed in spite of budget cuts to education that our state is currently facing. Student life also has wonderful opportunities for students to get...” – NaKisha from Antelope, CA

Orange Coast College is a two-year community college serving Orange County, California. OCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and offers an honors program, as well as a transfer center that hosts visits from 4-year colleges to...

“…The best community college experience you could ever ask for. The teachers are fantastic, the campus is beautiful, the vibe is so SoCal. Orange Coast College makes community college not only bearable, but fun and exciting. ” – Michelle from Bellflower, CA

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chaffey College

Chaffey College is a public community college based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The school operates multiple campuses around the state in Rancho, Chino, and Fontana. Chaffey College has an open admissions policy and offers a federally funded...

“…Chaffey College is a great opportunity for completing general education requirements. They have may facilities and learning centers that can help you achieve any goal. Their transfer center has information and guidance that can help a student pick...” – Angelica from West Covina, CA

California State University-Monterey Bay

California State University at Monterey Bay is a public university and a member of the 23-school CSU system. Located along the northern coast of California, approximately a mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, the university offers 24 undergraduate...

“…This establishment is located in one of the most beautiful scenic areas around. If your into marine science or environmental justice, this is the perfect school for you. I am proud to say I attend CSUMB.” – Gina from Seaside, CA

Mills College

Mills College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. The college’s undergraduate program is exclusively open to women, though its graduate program is open to students of all genders. Mills has a unique core curriculum,...

“…Mills focuses on a variety of things including social justice, food sustainability, and environmental sustainability. Important discussions pertaining to these topics occur on campus in and out of class sessions. Everything is extremely important for...” – Ina from Montrose, CA

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training....

“…Palomar college is an outstanding school, with many classes available to en-roll in. Your consolers provided for you, are very helpful and provide you with all the information you need. Time managing, they always work perfectly around your classes...” – Roberta from Vista, CA

Otis College of Art and Design is a private school of fine arts and fashion design in Los Angeles. Otis grants bachelor’s degrees in seven art & design-centered majors such as Digital Media, Fashion Design, and Architecture. Additionally, all first...

“…Everything you've heard about Otis is true. This particular college does not fail to impress its students with the wide availability of academic programs, the amiable faculty, and the fantastic web of networking. Otis provides challenges each and...” – CJ from LA, CA

Sacramento City College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of California. Along with the main campus, SCC also maintains two academic centers in Davis and West Sacramento. Students attending SCC’s main campus can take advantage of a...

“…I have study in computer Science in Sacramento City College” – Taifusin from Sacramento, CA

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University is a health sciences institution associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Loma Linda campus is located in Southern California and is home to six hospitals where students gain real world experience. The university...

“…LLU is a seven-day Adventist school, the school only allows for so many students to be in a program and you are with those same students for the duration of the year. Which is good it allows you to get quality education and the staff is very helpful.” – Alicia from Moreno Valley, CA

Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a public, 2-year institution located in El Cajon, California. The college features a number of student service facilities, such as the Assistive Technology Center, the Dream Center, the CalWORKs Student Services, and the Career...

“…Grossmont College it's a very good school, I love everything about it. They have great teachers, so they have a good academic level. one of the things I love the most it's how all the teachers have great relationships.” – Daniel from Chula Vista, CA

California State University-Los Angeles

California State University-Los Angeles is a 4-year public university and part of the CSU System. Cal State LA is home to seven colleges granting undergraduate degrees in 57 academic majors. A federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, Cal...

“…CSULA has excellent professors that care about their students' education. The material they teach focus on timely topics that are relevant to the real world and the professors are very responsive to inquiries via technological platforms. Though the...” – Nina from El Monte, CA

San Diego City College

San Diego City College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Among the school’s many degree and certificate program options are many unique areas of study, such as Chicano Studies, Futures Studies, and Dance....

“…A school containing friendly people with a variety of cultures religions and styles. Nice but strict teachers of which explain their lectures more than well. Recycling and clean environment located close to a beautiful ocean view!” – Christina from El Centro, CA

Sierra College

Sierra College is an open-admission, 2-year community college based in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Rocklin, California. Sierra is the only community college in the nation with an academic press, and it also boasts the Sierra Art and Natural...

“…Sierra College is an energetic community college that shows of it's pride. It holds several classes that are transferable to State/University college and excellent degree programs. The college is also very spacious and provide excellent student...” – Tylia from Citrus Heights, CA

Cypress College

Cypress College is a public two-year institution offering professional certifications and associate degrees. It is based in Cypress, California and is part of the California Community College System. Cypress College has an open admissions policy....

“…Very friendly staff and faculty. My favorite things about CC is the beautiful campus, especially the pond and the ducks. It almost looks like a university.” – Jasmine from Bellflower, CA

California State University-East Bay

Originally founded as The State College for Alameda County, California State University East Bay is a 4-year public university and a Bay Area-based campus in the Cal State system. Cal State East Bay is home to four colleges of Business, Science,...

“…The best thing at CSUEB is its cluster program. It is helpful in so many ways, by helping you meet people, to starting you off in a good route for the next upcoming years. The professors there are really helpful as long as you seek help.” – Misael from Los Angeles, CA

California State University-Bakersfield

With a campus nestled in the San Joaquin Valley, California State University-Bakersfield is a 4-year public school in southern California and part of the CSU system. CSUB is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Business, and Social...

“…CSUB is a wonderful school to attend. The campus is very well kept and the people here are very friendly. I want to be a future graduate from here. ” – Delanie from Bakersfield , CA

The City College of San Francisco is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located throughout San Francisco, California. The college offers a wide variety of unique programs of study, such as Floristry, Maker Studies, and Genetics. Free tuition...

“…CCSF has put me on a path to a better future. Being a student here means that I am working with professors and students alike who strive for a better tomorrow. CCSF is great school for anyone willing to work for a brighter future.” – David

Santa Ana College is a public, two-year institution established in the state of California. Along with the main campus, the college also maintains a number of education centers for students to attend, which offer courses in ESL, law enforcement, fire...

“…It's about 7 out of 10, the location is near my home and professors are good , and staff are nice , they are ready to help you to plan your educational plan , especially Test Up of building R , Tammy Camacho is so nice to help me to find out what...” – Phuong from Fountain Valley, CA

Founded in 1915, Citrus College is the oldest community college in California. The 2-year institution serves the counties of Charter Oak, Claremont, Duarte, Monrovia, and Azusa. Citrus college confers associate degree, certifications of achievement,...

“…If you know how to navigate the community college system, schools like Citrus College can be an amazing, if not preferable, alternative to the 4 year university track. I've only been here for one summer and I've encountered so many inspiring faculty...” – Tyler from Azusa, CA

De Anza College

De Anza College is a public community college based in Cupertino, California, with an open admissions policy. The campus, considered the top Silicon Valley college for transferring students to 4-year universities, boasts the Euphrat Museum of Art,...

“…De Anza College offers an impressive array of courses and clubs to help you today and in your future. De Anza has students and professionals working with you to ensure you get everything you need while attending; such as: extended library hours,...” – Krista-CA

San Joaquin Delta College is a community institution established in Stockton, California. The school offers programs to complete a wide variety of associate degrees, certificates, and workforce training, with its primary focus being STEM and the arts...

“…San Joaquin Delta College is an outstanding community college with dedicated teachers and resources. The staff is always there to help any student. Free tutoring is available on a daily basis with educated students to help others in need. ” – Katie from Lodi, CA

Woodbury University

Woodbury University is a liberal arts institution with a main campus in Los Angeles, California, and two satellite locations in San Diego and Hollywood. Woodbury offers more than 26 practice-based undergraduate and graduate majors across its four...

“…Dear prospective student, If you plan to attend Woodbury University I would suggest that you come prepared to learn, attentive to what your professors and peers are trying to teach you, as well as being prepared to be committed to your work. When...” – Maiquel from Lancaster, CA

Dominican University of California

Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, the Dominican University of California is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state. The private university is located at the base of San Pedro Mountain and operates a...

“…At Dominican University you're a family. Although the school is small you will meet tons of new people and make great friends. You will make your own family there and have the chance to create some great memories and experience countless new things. ” – Alexis from San Rafael, CA

College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons is a public community college based in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California. The college has an open admissions policy. It is home to a 926-seat performing arts center as well as the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater which is...

“…The classes are small which makes a great teacher to student ratio. There a great programs like PAL which allows a student to two classes at once, an the great thing about it is you have the same classmates and lecturer throughout. And must not...” – Dana from Saint Lucia

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a community college that can grant associate degrees and professional certificates. SBCC is a two-year institution with a high transfer rate to 4-year institutions around California. It has an open admissions policy and...

“…sbcc is the most beautiful campus and you will not find a community college in a better location. however, good luck renting an apartment in santa barbara because it is expensive and sbcc does not offer on campus housing. i am proud of the education...” – Hannah from Santa Barbara, CA

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Students attending SBVC have the opportunity to enroll in a large selection of associate, certificate, and transfer programs, as well as the...

“…An up to date modern Community college that is a great deal for those that want to learn new skills and get an education. The student center and tutors are quite helpful in overcoming learning obstacles. The campus has a new feeling since the...” – Darryl from Highland, CA

Saddleback College is a 2-year community college based in Mission Viejo, California, with an open admissions policy. It is part  of the California Community College system and confers professional certifications and associate degrees. Eligible...

“…Saddleback is an extremely good community college in beautiful Orange County, California. They have a top notch nursing program, many majors, and certification programs. They are the #1 community college in Orange County to transfer students to the...” – Brianna from San Clemente, CA

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a public community college based in San Diego, California. It is the largest community college in the city and part of the San Diego Community Colleges District. Noted programs include culinary arts and food service,...

“…San Diego Mesa College has excellent opportunities to earn your degree in the sciences. They offer numerous programs and many options to finish your degree in a timely manner. The staff and faculty are very supportive.” – Philicia from San Diego, CA

California State University-Dominguez Hills

California State University-Dominguez Hills is a 4-year public university in the greater Los Angeles area and part of the Cal State system. CSUDH hosts six colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors. A diverse institution,...

“…California State University Dominguez Hills has a good size campus, it is not to big nor too small. It has a huge library and even a cafe in it. There is always something going on outside and the students are very active.” – Gabriela from Wilmington, CA

Marymount California University

Marymount California University is a private graduate-level Catholic institution with a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences. The university also offers a BA-MBA program, in which students can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a MBA in...

“…Marymount College is a small private school in the quiet town of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The fact that it is small makes the material easier to learn because classes are small and the professors have time to answer any questions one may have....” – Jose from Thousand Palms, CA

Butte College is a public, 2-year institution located in Oroville, California. Along with the main campus, which is a designated wildlife refuge, Butte also maintains three education centers in Chico and Orland. In 2011, Butte became the first...

“…Butte College is great for students who can't afford 4 year univerities. If you still want to transfer, they are able to help you get your general ed's out of the way. I highly recommend Butte for those who want more bang for their buck.” – Colton from Paradise, CA

Holy Names University

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

“…Holy Names University is very diverse. The faculty and staff are very friendly and helpful. Overall it is a wonderful school with great people and a great view of the Bay.” – Rochelle Mae from San Francisco, CA

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

“…A beautiful Christian community with nothing but nice genuine people, professors at the top of their academic game, and a relaxed campus a home away from home.” – Acacia from Fresno, CA

Art Center College of Design

ArtCenter College of Design is a conservatory of visual arts and design principles in the greater Los Angeles area. ArtCenter confers undergrad degrees in 11 artistic fields of study including Entertainment Design, Fine Art, and Film. To display...

“…I am not a student yet, I got accepted. I'm an now working on the hard part, paying for it. ” – Alfonso from Panorama City, CA

Simpson University

Originally founded in Seattle, Simpson University is a Christian liberal arts institution in northern California and the region’s only Christian university. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson grants undergrad degrees in 24...

“…Simpson University is a christian like environment, with very caring and loving people. I would recommend Simpson university to an individual who looks to strive in a small college environment. Simpson University is currently one of the top Christian...” – Christian from Torrance, CA

Merced College is a public, 2-year institution established in central California. The college offers over 130 associate and certificate programs, many of which can be completed online, in a hybrid format, or in a web-enhanced format. Merced’s scenic,...

“…Just enrolled for the Spring 2012 semester. Don't have any input to give yet.” – Michelle from Merced, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is a 2-year institution located in the state of California. The college maintains two campuses, with one in the city of Santa Rosa, and one in the city of Petaluma. Students of SRJC can take advantage of the college’s wide...

“…Absolutely stunningly beautiful park like campus setting. Great support staff for admissions and counseling. Admissions is all online and easy to do. ” – Owen from Guerneville, CA

College of the Desert is a public, 2-year institution established in Palm Desert, California, with satellite locations in Indio, Thermal, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs. COD is officially recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution, meaning...

“…I have to rate College of the Desert above any rank that can possibly be conceived. I have found faculty and administration genuinely interested in the students future, and will stop at nothing to help those who want to succeed. The College of the...” – Stanley from Palm Desert, CA

La Sierra University

La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

“…La Sierra University is an excellent school that only strives the best for the students that attend. The professors here at La Sierra go above and beyond to meet the needs of the students. ” – Hannah from Eastvale, CA

Golden West College
Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College is a public, 2-year institution established in Huntington Beach, California. The campus features a variety of attractions for students and visitors, such as the GWC Art Gallery, the California Native Garden, and the GWC Theater....

“…I like Golden West, i've been attending since 2005 and have had the best experiences with my teachers and student body alike. I've found the teachers are very helpful. The campus is small and intimate so you don't get overwhelmed with students...” – Carly from Huntington Beach, CA

Moorpark College

Moorpark College is a 2-year community college with open admissions based in Ventura County, California. The school operates an on-site zoo for the Exotic Animal Training and Management program, the only one in the nation, and is also home to the...

“…A laid back campus with knowledgable staff that want to see you succeed. Moorpark College is the perfect campus to get started on your degree without the high-stress feelings of a four-year university. From the scenery to the classes offered, it's...” – Sophie from Moorpark, CA

Cabrillo College is a public, 2-year institution established in Aptos, California near Monterey Bay. The campus features a modern Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Center, which is home to a number of classes, events, and performances throughout...

“…Beautiful surrounding, people are very nice and welcoming. the campus is only 10 min away from the beach. The campus looks new and has amazing teaches.” – Marlyn from Royal Oaks, CA

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